Patrick and Amy Turner OwnerPatrick and Amy Turner Owner
Patrick grew up in Missouri, attending the business school at University of Missouri in Columbia (Go Tigers!). Golf, travel and family are his passions but not necessarily in that order. He caught the entrepreneurial bug while completing his MBA at the University of Colorado. When not testing chlorine or keeping Annie & Tommy out of the Swedish Fish you can find him listening to live music at Red Rocks or making turns on the Colorado ski slopes. Amy started swimming before she could walk and joined her first swim team at 4 years old. Born and raised in Michigan she moved to Colorado after graduating from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and started competing in running and triathlon events. She competed in Ironman Louisville in August of 2009 and placed 70th among 2,315 finishers after the swim portion of the race and completed with an overall time of 12:35:42. They got married in Boulder, CO and lived in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver prior to moving to Stapleton in early 2008. They have two kids, Annie and Tommy, who both attend Bill Roberts Elementary School. Bringing Goldfish to Stapleton is a dream come true. They can’t wait to share their passion for swimming and water safety to neighbors and Denverites.
CJ Burke General ManagerCJ Burke General Manager
Born and raised in Boca Raton, FL CJ’s aquatics career began in 2003 teaching swim lessons as an Aquatic Assistant for the City of Boca Raton. In high school he was captain of the varsity swimming and diving team and a state champion wrestler. When it came time for college, CJ decided to attend Louisiana State University where both his parents where All Americans Athletes in swimming and gymnastics. While at LSU, he completed multiple internship programs in Parks and Recreation and for H2flo Inc. a company that specializes in teaching young children how surf and skateboard. After graduating from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration, CJ and his wife Victoria moved back to South Florida where he continued his career at H2flo and became an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard. In 2017 CJ and his wife, Tori, moved to Denver, CO and in the fall of 2018, he received a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Sport Administration. When not at Goldfish Swim School you can find CJ and Tori in the mountains with their beagle Cobia.
Alaynah Johnson Assistant General ManagerAlaynah Johnson Assistant General Manager
Alaynah is a rare native of Colorado. She graduated as a Junior from Smoky Hill High School in 2015 and is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University. Alaynah started her career with Goldfish in June of 2017 before the location opened. She was instrumental in getting the business up and running by becoming one of the first group of instructors and working with Amy and Patrick in their basement to get families enrolled before the facility was complete!! Since Alaynah started swimming at a very young age, this is what interested her from the beginning to pursue a career with Goldfish. Her grandparents influenced her to be safe in the water during the summer and from there on she loved being in and around the water. Alaynah is the mother to a beautiful boy named Jakobe. He keeps her busy when she is not working by taking trips to the park, playing basketball, and creating memories together. Working with Goldfish has brought Alaynah many opportunities and growth in her career field. She is very thankful to be able to see the business grow!
Esther Neumann ManagerEsther Neumann Manager
Esther’s swimming experience started as a young child and continued through her years on the high school swim team. Her love and passion for aquatics led her to pursue a career as a swim instructor and coach at a local swim school during her time at Seattle Pacific University. She is proud to grow in the aquatics business and continues to take pride in the exceptional teaching, leading and training she provides. In addition to being a Manager at Goldfish, she is also the staff's Ellis Trainer. Born and raised in Colorado, Esther loves to spend time outdoors in the mountains and hiking as much as possible! Finishing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado she is well on her way to also obtaining a Master's degree in Education.
Meredith Bagenstose ManagerMeredith Bagenstose Manager
Born and raised in Virginia, Meredith’s passion for swimming began at the age of 5 when she joined her first competitive swim team, but her love for the water first began when her Dad took her running off the diving board at a local pool. Meredith was a collegiate swimmer and graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a degree in Exercise Science specializing in health and wellness in special populations. Meredith continues her career now as a master’s swimmer competing in many local open water races. Her career in coaching began at 17 heading a neighborhood summer league swim team and continued from there as a USA Swimming certified coach and instructor. Meredith moved to Colorado 3 years ago to grow her love for exploring the great outdoors, when she is not in the pool, she enjoys yoga, hiking and reading.